Neil Dowden

Neil Dowden

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Neil was born in London but moved away when he was three weeks old. 30 years later he returned, and has no intention of leaving again. He has been writing about the arts and especially theatre in the capital for two decades. His day job is working as a freelance editor for book publishers, but at night-time he turns into a cultural vampire, roaming the city for fresh artistic blood.

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Theatre Review: Red Paints Artist As Tortured Genius

Theatre Review: Red Paints Artist As Tortured Genius

Dramatising the life of Mark Rothko. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Oscar Wilde's Sparkling Wit Is At Its Finest In An Ideal Husband

Oscar Wilde's Sparkling Wit Is At Its Finest In An Ideal Husband

Sparkles with Wildean wit and paradoxical epigrams. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Masterpieces: A Clunky, Dated Attack On The Sex Industry

Masterpieces: A Clunky, Dated Attack On The Sex Industry

A feminist attack on the sex industry and the misogynist mindset that underlies it. | By Neil Dowden ★★☆☆☆
Absolute Hell Provides Dark Delight At National Theatre

Absolute Hell Provides Dark Delight At National Theatre

A decadent portrait of post-war London. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Theatre Review: A Humble Boy With Big Ideas About The World

Theatre Review: A Humble Boy With Big Ideas About The World

Astrophysics meets family drama. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
This African-Style Hamlet Gives The Classic A New Vibe

This African-Style Hamlet Gives The Classic A New Vibe

Now this would have livened up your high school English lessons... | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Chemistry, Fluidity And Minimalism: Summer and Smoke At Almeida Theatre

Chemistry, Fluidity And Minimalism: Summer and Smoke At Almeida Theatre

Tennessee Williams at his most poetic. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Frozen Explores Icy Region Of Human Heart

Frozen Explores Icy Region Of Human Heart

Frozen emotions. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
Anarchic Show Is A Bit Of A Mess

Anarchic Show Is A Bit Of A Mess

Jubilee's revival misses the mark. | By Neil Dowden ★★☆☆☆
A Poignant Portrayal Of Bittersweet Romance

A Poignant Portrayal Of Bittersweet Romance

The York Realist is a quietly heartbreaking affair. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Hayley Atwell Shines As A Ruthless Financier

Hayley Atwell Shines As A Ruthless Financier

Cut-throat corporate comedy. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
An Amusing Tribute To Maverick Ken Campbell

An Amusing Tribute To Maverick Ken Campbell

More of an anecdotal tribute than a fully-fledged play. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
Jennifer Saunders Is Absolutely Fabulous In Oscar Wilde Play

Jennifer Saunders Is Absolutely Fabulous In Oscar Wilde Play

A "Wilde lite" version of Lady Windermere's Fan. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
A Pitch-Perfect Revival Of An Early Pinter Classic

A Pitch-Perfect Revival Of An Early Pinter Classic

The Birthday Party turns 60. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★★
Iconic 80s Play Still Provokes Uneasy Laughter

Iconic 80s Play Still Provokes Uneasy Laughter

Rita, Sue And Bob Too. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Misalliance Is Shaw To Provoke Debate

Misalliance Is Shaw To Provoke Debate

Bernard Shaw at his most eccentric and whimsical. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
Dear Brutus Provides Charming Entertainment

Dear Brutus Provides Charming Entertainment

Julius Caesar meets A Midsummer Night's Dream. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
Albion: A Sprawling Garden Of England Play

Albion: A Sprawling Garden Of England Play

A state-of-the-nation play that looks at the nature of Englishness. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
Review: Angels In America Makes Heavenly Theatre

Review: Angels In America Makes Heavenly Theatre

A Gay Fantasia. | By Neil Dowden
Art: Sewell, Ritter And Key Give Old Masterpiece A Fresh Lick Of Paint

Art: Sewell, Ritter And Key Give Old Masterpiece A Fresh Lick Of Paint

20th anniversary production of international hit. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
The League Of Gentlemen Return To Their Theatrical Roots

The League Of Gentlemen Return To Their Theatrical Roots

Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton are all on the London stage this month. | By Neil Dowden
Unmissable London Theatre This October

Unmissable London Theatre This October

Five mouth-watering shows opening this month. | By Neil Dowden
Review: McKellen And Stewart Tussle In No Man's Land

Review: McKellen And Stewart Tussle In No Man's Land

Pitch perfect Pinter classic. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★★
London Theatre: What To Watch In August

London Theatre: What To Watch In August

Five biggies opening this month. | By Neil Dowden
Review: Strife Is Rife In The Plough And The Stars

Review: Strife Is Rife In The Plough And The Stars

Sean O'Casey's 1926 tragicomedy alternates tenement life with revolutionary politics. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Review: Faith Healer Works Its Magic Power

Review: Faith Healer Works Its Magic Power

Multi-monologue masterpiece is beautifully executed. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Preview: Play Inspired By Edward Snowden Opens In London This Week

Preview: Play Inspired By Edward Snowden Opens In London This Week

Mike Bartlett's new play Wild. | By Neil Dowden
Review: No Winners In The Philanderer's Banter Of The Sexes

Review: No Winners In The Philanderer's Banter Of The Sexes

Shaw's Victorian comedy of sexual manners still resonates. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Review: Lawrence After Arabia Reveals The Man Behind The Legend

Review: Lawrence After Arabia Reveals The Man Behind The Legend

Howard Brenton's new play is a damning indictment of colonialist politics. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
Review: Elegy Asks If It's Our Memories That Make Us Who We Are

Review: Elegy Asks If It's Our Memories That Make Us Who We Are

Nick Payne's neuroscience play is a cerebral experience. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
Review: Shakespeare’s Daughter Stars In Jacobean Sex Scandal

Review: Shakespeare’s Daughter Stars In Jacobean Sex Scandal

Peter Whelan's The Herbal Bed. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Review: Deathwatch Shows Men Imprisoned By Their Desires

Review: Deathwatch Shows Men Imprisoned By Their Desires

Jean Genet's prison drama is a playful eroticisation of crime. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
Review: Ayckbourn's Adulterous Romp Is A Hilarious Affair

Review: Ayckbourn's Adulterous Romp Is A Hilarious Affair

How The Other Half Loves shows absurdity of marital mix-ups. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Interview: Leo Butler On How His Play Boy Minds The Gap

Interview: Leo Butler On How His Play Boy Minds The Gap

And how it's important to keep up with yoof speak. | By Neil Dowden
Review: Play About Rehab Is Disturbing Yet Compelling Viewing

Review: Play About Rehab Is Disturbing Yet Compelling Viewing

Denise Gough is great in People, Places & Things. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Review: The Truth Reveals Web Of Lies

Review: The Truth Reveals Web Of Lies

Florian Zeller's play exposes double-dealing behind middle-class adultery. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Review: Bottom Almost Drops Out Of Riotous A Midsummer Night's Dream

Review: Bottom Almost Drops Out Of Riotous A Midsummer Night's Dream

Filter's irreverent take on Shakespeare is comic mayhem. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
Review: The Maids Serves Up Psychosexual Power Games

Review: The Maids Serves Up Psychosexual Power Games

Jean Genet's play blurs fantasy with reality. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Review: Ralph Fiennes Gives Towering Performance In The Master Builder

Review: Ralph Fiennes Gives Towering Performance In The Master Builder

Ibsen’s late masterpiece reaches for the heights. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Review: Escaped Alone Brews Storm In A Teacup

Review: Escaped Alone Brews Storm In A Teacup

Caryl Churchill's new play spikes cosiness with catastrophe. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Review: Herons Wades Into Teenage Troubles

Review: Herons Wades Into Teenage Troubles

Simon Stephens' early play mixes savage violence with tender hope. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
Review: Les Liaisons Dangereuses Depicts Cruel Art Of Seduction

Review: Les Liaisons Dangereuses Depicts Cruel Art Of Seduction

Christopher Hampton's play reveals aristocratic decadence of 18th century France. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Review: World Premiere Of Arthur Miller's First Play No Villain

Review: World Premiere Of Arthur Miller's First Play No Villain

Youthful debut hints of master playwright to come. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
Lisa Dillon: Stoppard's Cold War Play Is Just As Relevant Now

Lisa Dillon: Stoppard's Cold War Play Is Just As Relevant Now

She plays spy boss trying to uncover a mole. | By Neil Dowden
Review: Pericles's Voyage Not All Plain Sailing

Review: Pericles's Voyage Not All Plain Sailing

Shakespeare's late romance is hit and miss at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
Review: Rotterdam Is A Bittersweet Gender-Bending Rom-Com

Review: Rotterdam Is A Bittersweet Gender-Bending Rom-Com

Jon Brittain’s new play handles sexual identity with a light touch. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Review: The Hairy Ape Depicts Brutalised Underclass

Review: The Hairy Ape Depicts Brutalised Underclass

Eugene O'Neill's early expressionist play makes bold visual statement. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
David Hare's The Moderate Soprano Reviewed

David Hare's The Moderate Soprano Reviewed

Play depicts the origins of Glyndebourne. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆